Keylor Navas has revealed that cried tears of joy when his proposed move to Manchester United collapsed over the summer and that he’s determined to prove his worth to Real Madrid as a result.
The Costa Rica international was set to join the Red Devils as part of a deal which would have seen David de Gea head in the opposite direction, but the two clubs failed to submit the relevant paperwork in time to beat the transfer deadline.
As a result Navas is still in Madrid and De Gea in Manchester.
Both players had agreed to their respective moves before the proposed switch collapsed, and the Central American ace – who rose to prominence during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – revealed that he’s glad he’s not playing for United and that he’s determined to justify his presence at Real:
“I cried that night when I found out I was staying, it was a build-up of emotions. I didn’t want to leave, Madrid is my home,” he told Cadena COPE (via talkSPORT).
“I never wanted to leave Real Madrid. My agent told me to be alert to my phone. We had to go to Barajas, although I never actually got on a plane, I was in a waiting room.
“I thought that if God wanted me to leave Madrid, it would be for the best, but he didn’t want me to and I’m still here.”
“I signed the Manchester United contract on a stretcher at Valdebebas while I had my medical, but I want to write my own story at this club and win everything this season. We have things to improve, but we’re on the right path.”
De Gea has since penned a new contract at United, albeit a release clause of £30m has left the door ajar for a move to Real next year.